How to Feed Palm Plants


Palm plants make a wonderful addition to a tropical landscape. They are also very popular as houseplants. Proper feeding will help the plants live the healthiest, longest life possible. There are many options for fertilization. What's important to remember is that they are each applied differently. Using too much of certain types can burn the palm plant's roots and do more harm than good. The best fertilizer options are slow-release or organic blends.

Step 1

Feed palm plants when you plant them. Mix 2 oz. of palm fertilizer per 1 inch of tree trunk. Apply the food to the soil around the tree, making sure it's moist at the time. Water the area right away to help the fertilizer reach the roots.

Step 2

Feed the plant with slow-release fertilizer after planting to give it extra nutrients. Buy a fertilizer that contains 3 to 4 percent potassium, 12 to 13 percent nitrogen and 12 to 13 percent phosphorus. Use 1 oz. per 3 inches of trunk above the ground. Water to get the fertilizer into the ground.

Step 3

Stick palm pellets in the ground around the bottom of the palm tree. Apply them three to four times a year.

Step 4

Give palm plants a manganese supplement to counteract natural deficiencies they suffer from. The local nursery should have a supplement in stock. Follow the label instructions.

Step 5

Add an organic fertilizer to the palm plants monthly. Use fish emulsion, Milorganite, seaweed or blood meal to feed them naturally. Because they are organic, these fertilizers will not harm your plants, no matter how much and how often you apply them.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid over-fertilizing. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Palm fertilizer
  • Water
  • Slow-release tablets
  • Manganese supplement


  • Cole Brothers: Caring for Your Palms
  • Master Gardener: Food and Soil
  • Majesty Palm
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Kelly Shetsky has been a broadcast journalist for more than 10 years, researching, writing, producing and reporting daily on many topics. In addition, she writes for several websites, specializing in medical, health and fitness, arts and entertainment, travel and business. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.